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Photo: Dick Trtek

A generation ago, a handful of radio stations in Portland broadcast classical music. Today only one does: All Classical Portland. At some point during those years of attrition, listening while grading papers and tests, I decided I'd become a volunteer after retiring from teaching. Eight years ago I first stepped inside the offices behind Benson High School, and now one of my afternoons each week consists of answering phones, processing mail, and posting events on the Cultural Calendar. Of course, I still listen as I work, but on those volunteer days it's special, somewhat akin to model railroading with real trains.

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